(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Lawyers are girding themselves for battle on February 6 in Mountain View California as things get ugly.
In a motion filed last week, attorneys for the city of Mountain View wrote that ""As the procedural history before this Court demonstrates, Plaintiffs' entire complaint is a ruse, concocted for the sole purpose of interfering with efforts by Defendant, City of Mountain View, to fulfill its role of public accountability." and went on to define Clear Channel's legal strategy as a "ruse" as they asked Judge William Elfving to dismiss all remaining claims against the city, according to the Mountain View Voice.
Clear Channel, was quick to respond with a counter-motion, filed the next day in which they requested dismissal of racketeering and theft of public funds charges. The suit began in 2001 when Clear Channel filed a suit to prevent the city from it's annual review of the Shoreline Amphitheatre's books after the company and the city had locked horns over parking issues. Clear Channel alleges in it's suit that the audit was a "fishing expedition" and unwarranted. The City filed a countersuit, alleging that Clear Channel had used parking fees as a "a gimmick to disguise ticket revenue in order to avoid paying percentage rent and cheat performers out of their cut of the proceeds."
The city's suit further alleges that Clear Channel attempted to use threats of moving shows to other venues if they were not allowed to sell naming rights for the venue.
The motions will be heard on December 6. – CelebrityAccess MediaWire